October 23, 2014

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

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Wouldn’t it be great for kids contemplating a visit to your library to take a video tour before walking in? You can produce this pretty easily with TouchCast, an app for creating video for the iPad, enhanced with linked content: photos, maps, polls, websites, and more. Our screencasts show you how it’s done.

John Green Tackles Copyright Via YouTube

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Copyright law is complex enough, but throw in an instance of international remixing by nerdfighters, and you have a real mess. But in the hands of author John Green, it’s also the basis for a pretty cool video.

Annotate the Web with Popcorn Maker | screencast tutorial

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Popcorn Maker, a tool for enhancing and remixing Web video from Mozilla, gets the screencast treatment by Linda W. Braun, who says the free, browser-based application would help librarians, both school and public, curate the Web.

A Video Hosting Solution for Schools

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Under Common Core, students will be writing scripts, reviewing books, making public service announcements, and creating other content, all using video. For schools, this presents a technical challenge: Where to host all this video? SLJ columnist Christopher Harris has found a solution.

The Best Back-to-School Video Ever | Links of the Week

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Who needs coffee? If this bit of inspiration from teacher Colby Sharp doesn’t jump-start your day, nothing will. This among a mix of resources and links to mark the start of a new school year.

Making the Most of Video in the Classroom

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From Vialogues and SynchTube to TED-Ed, free tools for hosting conversation around videos.

Seven Top Trailers to Hook Kids on Books

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The best examples in the genre, for readers K-12, cited in the School Library Journal feature story “The Big Tease: Trailers are a terrific way to hook kids on books.”

Taming that ‘Monster of Content’ YouTube

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Joyce Valenza’s tips on using the latest tools to help conference presenters and educators better use the video resource.

YALSA Offers Video Training on Teen Services

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Ready to glean some ideas for working with teens? Check out YALSA Academy, a free online collection of training videos sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Indiana and Northwestern To Develop Open Source Streaming A/V System

Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, in partnership with Northwestern University Library, Evanston, IL, aims to assist academic libraries and archives in managing locally-generated video and audio collections with an open source software project called Variations on Video.